Big Ten Conference Brings In-plants to Ohio State
Almost 80 in-plant representatives attended the 38th annual Big Ten Printing and Copyright Conference.
This article was based on summaries provided by Sandy Komasinski and Don Roberts. Photos were taken by Bill LaBounty.
In-plants curious about the differences between Xerox, Kodak NexPress and HP Indigo high-speed color printers, got an insider's point of view at the recent Big Ten Printing and Copyright Conference, hosted by Ohio State University and organized by Don Roberts, assistant director of University Retail Services.
In-plant users of each technology related their experiences in a candid session that was the highlight of this year's conference. The panel featured:
• Jeff Dible, from Ohio State University, which uses a NexPress 2100.
• Barb Childers, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which has a Xerox iGen3.
• Sandy Komasinski, of Purdue University, which recently added an HP Indigo press.
Komasinski moderated the discussion, which was effectively a sequel to a panel she organized for Big Ten 2003 at Purdue, during which representatives of the same three vendors shared the podium. This time, users had the floor. To show what their machines could do, each had printed the identical color document. Copies were distributed to the audience for comparison.
Users revealed that their choice of equipment was directly proportional to the service/support of a vendor in their area.
For the University of Illinois and Purdue, going to a digital color production printer was a logical next step. Each had both offset and quick copy capabilities. For Ohio State, this was the first step into the digital, variable data world.
Since staff at the University of Illinois and Purdue was familiar with the digital world, file management was business as usual. Purdue chose to train one press person and one copy enter person as key operators due to the many press components on the Indigo. Each panel member said their vendor provided adequate training and on-site follow up. They said that up to an hour of maintenance is required each day.